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Day 15 - 4 kilos/9 pounds lost - woo hoo!

Monday, December 20, 2010

After what feels like a reasonably painless 2 weeks I have lost 4 kilos - very happy with this.

Admittedly I have been at 122 before but that was usually because I had been so busy at work I had not eaten or drunk much water - and even then the next day I would have bounced up to 124 because I ate till I was ready to bust.

I had the weekend off cardio and Spark but was plenty busy just doing things I enjoy - a month ago I would have been on the couch the whole weekend and lamenting the fact that I should have done this or could have done that. So good to get to the start of the week feeling as though I accomplished some things over the weekend.

The break from cardio was needed I think - went for my walk this morning and before I knew had done almost double what I would normally do without even really feeling the need to stop. And then swam a couple of laps (gasping for breath all the way:) in the pool so definitely feeling motivated.

On top of that my stress level is definitely lower from the exercise - my work tends to be quite stressful at times and I do make some rash decisions that are not always well thought out - I know I am feeling a little more relaxed and able to make clearer judgment calls on things - mainly due to exercise.

So - before I gush off the page :) I will finish up.

For me Christmas is not sucha big deal here in a Muslin country however I hope all of you who have Christmas looming are not getting too stressed or feeling overwhelmed - one day at a time and before you know it it will be 1/1/2011 with lots of new goals to achieve for the new year!

Have a great spark day.

  
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NEWHORIZONSR4ME 12/20/2010 1:23PM

    Glad to hear the wt loss news and all the good things you are experiencing on your way to healthier living.

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DUTCHPETE641 12/20/2010 5:54AM

    Well, well. Aren't you doing great. Well done on your weightloss mate!

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SEASONS_CHANGE 12/20/2010 5:26AM

    Awesome buddy! Keep up the momentum! I'm jealous, and that the weather is so nice your way!

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NEVERMIND2010 12/20/2010 12:50AM

    Wow, fantastic!

It is great walking/running weather right now; I'm glad to see you're taking advantage of it. I went out for a run this morning at 5:15, and almost came back for a jacket! I told myself not to be a wimp and kept going. LOL

Keep up the great work!

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Day 12 - is that all?

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Seems bizarre I have only been on this for 11 days (d'oh - make that 12!) - feels like much longer - in a good way though - feels like I am slowly and consistently changing my lifestyle.

Today is my weekend - here in the UAE the working week is Sunday to Thursday although I run my own business from home and because of the nature of my business I have to work a regular Monday - Friday which is fine - I work from home so don't REALLY notice it except when friends invite me for Friday brunch and I have to forego this. That being said Friday brunch here = drinking and eating until you are comatose so probably a good thing I have to say no!

Decided to have a day off exercise today - no its not Bert in my head just feel I have earned it and have plenty to do. I even walked past the treadmill and was a tiny bit excited about getting back on it tomorrow - a good sign. Buying a WII Fit Plus today so looking forward to swapping things around a bit.

Thinking about quitting smoking and have started reading Allen Carr's Easy To Stop Smoking - tried it previously but with my head in a better place and feeling good about what I have achieved so far I think its worth another shot and planning for giving up New Years Day.

We'll see - if it feels like it will jeopardize the weight loss I won't do it - the way the book is structured means that delaying is simply that - waiting before you quit not giving up on quitting.

My problem right now is that after 30+ years of smoking I just can't increase the intensity of my cardio - if a really good song comes on the ipod I just want to up the speed on the treadmill but withing a few seconds I find I am gasping for breath and have to slow it back it to my maximum I am comfortable with - my lungs are just too damaged for that right now so I'd really like to get onto repairing them.

So - all good - feeling very positive about what lies ahead!

Have a good one all.

  
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NEVERMIND2010 12/20/2010 2:20AM

    Let me tell you, quitting is hard, but it is SO worth it! You're absolutely right about the cardio, too. Although you can get cardiovascularly fit, you can get fitter without the cigarettes. (I used to run 5 miles every day and smoke 1-2 packs a day - including one walked back to the barracks after a run! However, I was 20 years old, so today, there's no way that would be possible.)

If you are diligent, you will not gain much weight when you quit. You might not lose any, but if you don't change your eating or exercise habits, you won't probably won't gain, or maybe a couple of kilos. It's the psychological addition of putting something in your mouth, added to the physical slow-down that the lack of nicotine causes, that makes most people gain. If you can tough it out without going over-board on snacking, AND maintain or even increase your cardio, you will overcome both of those.

Any doctor will tell you that quitting smoking is the best thing you can do for yourself. My husband, who has high bp and cholesterol, was chastised by his doctor a couple of months ago because he either hadn't lost any or possibly had put on a little weight. Then he said, "But I quit smoking." The doctor said, "Oh, really? Never mind, then. That's okay!" LOL

All that said, if you're not ready to do it, you won't. And when you're ready, you will. Khalas.

Best of luck!

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DUBAIGIRL 12/20/2010 12:33AM

    I quit smoking 1 year and 9 days ago and haven't been tempted to pick up a ciggie since and it was all thanks to Allen Carr! I do however occasionally smoke shisha in a social setting but I never have the same hankering for shisha that I did for cigarettes! You can do it!

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NEWHORIZONSR4ME 12/18/2010 3:34PM

    Glad to hear you are thinking about stopping smoking. I would consult with your physician, get a quit coach, and take it slowly. The whole reason SP works is because we make slow, calculated changes to a lifetime of unhealthy living. It is easy to make big changes and easier still to give up when the "honeymoon" wears off. I KNOW you can do this, I just encourage you to take it slowly. Set small goals, accomplish them, and set more goals. Keep us posted!

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JHADZHIA 12/18/2010 9:18AM

    Rest days are permitted, but you must make sure you stay at the bottom range of your calorie range. Quitting smoking for sure should be at the top of your to do list. A lot of smokers do tend to gain weight when they quit. But I don't believe you will as long as you are exercising regularly and watching the calories. Its possible smokers replace the ciggy puffs with food snacks as a substitute and that is probably why they gain. You would be able to actually taste and enjoy the full flavors of food again. It will be tempting to indulge more.. Some people have successfully attempted to do both weight loss and quitting smoking, but Sparks recommends taking it slow, get one firmly done before moving onto the next so it doesn't get overwhelming..
Good luck with it!

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TENNISJIM 12/18/2010 5:18AM

    Take it slowly and build up momentum. You can do it.

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REALLYHOPIN 12/18/2010 5:18AM

    A planned day off from exercise is helpful and it's great that you are looking forward to getting back on that machine.

I love my Wii Fit. It was definitely a worthwhile purchase. I'd rather do my exercise outdoors but the weather can be too much of a deterrent for me. I never thought I was such a wimp in the cold (always knew I was a wimp in the heat) but I guess as I get older my internal thermostat is less flexible!

You are doing fantastic... it must feel really good to be seeing AND FEELING the results of all your efforts...

Keep on being good to yourself

~ Barbara

PS: Good luck with becoming a quitter! You can do it!

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Day 11 – I gained 3 kilos in 8 hours?!?!

Friday, December 17, 2010

I have always lived my life by the scales – at least 5 out of 7 mornings has seen me weigh myself – before breakfast and a shower, without clothes (breakfast adds weight and your skin absorbs water from a shower which can add grams).

I can almost guess to within 200 grams what my weight will be – I even know that I lose between 800 grams and a kilo between when I go to bed and when I wake up. I have been obsessed.

Now that I am exercising daily and have changed my water and food habits things have started to go a bit berserk – I weighed myself yesterday morning and I was 122.6.

I weighed myself yesterday afternoon and I was 125.5'ish and nearly fell off the scales – 3 kilos gained – in 8 hours – after doing 45 minutes of cardio and eating right? What the?

I weighed myself last night and I was 125.8 – what is going wrong I thought to myself – I am really depressed about this.

And then this morning I am 122.9 – I lost nearly 3 kilos overnight – this is really abnormal for me – whats going on..?!?

And then I realized – I have been so stationery – like couch potato with fries and mash stationery that my body is a little stunned I think. My metabolism is starting to pick up, I am getting hydrated, my muscles have that nice slightly tingly worked out feeling and I am starting to sleep better – slowly but surely – great to get a consistent 3 or 4 hours before I wake up and try to get back to sleep – every night is a little easier.

So – this whole crazy up and down on the scales is actually good – my body is responding to change and starting move things around, get things slowly happening.

So I will TRY try to be a little less addicted to the scales and back it down to once a week – I don't think I can stand the stress of the rollercoaster on a daily basis!

Have a good one:)

  
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HOWDOIHEARTTHEE 12/30/2010 7:31AM

    I weigh myself once a day in the morning at the same time everyday in the buff

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JHADZHIA 12/18/2010 9:25AM

    Weight really does fluctuate too much to put all your efforts into the scale. How your clothes fit and how you FEEL should be the best indicators of how you are doing!
I only weigh in once a week, always after I have exercised, am well hydrated and after I have eaten a big breakfast :). So, once, on a whim, I weighed at night and was 3 lbs less, but was back at my 'normal' weight the next morning. So don't put a lot of stock into that scale okay?? Its the overall trends that count. How you are doing in the long run. As long as there is a steady downward trend you are fine.

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ISLANDBETH 12/18/2010 7:50AM

    Yeah, you really need to not weigh yourself so much! You will become a slave to the scale. You should not be weighing more than once a week! And last year when I went through my plateau of several MONTHS, I only weighed once a month because I knew I was doing the right things and I was just getting depressed. I ended up losing 50 pounds in that year, which was my goal. Also, if you are strength training, like I am, there will be times when the heavy muscle will be developing faster than the fat is dropping off. Just remember that more muscle burns fat faster, so keep up with the strength training AND cardio!

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SHIPMAN01 12/17/2010 2:41PM

    Everyone on here is right, your weight WILL fluctuate. That's normal. The "experts" say that you should truly only weigh yourself first thing in the morning after you relieve yourself. I know, its hard not to jump on that scale. Trust me, I'm right there with you. I've taken weighing myself to a whole new neurotic level sometimes. (When I was younger I thought if I exhaled fully it would affect the scale LOL)
Get yourself a tape measure and take body measurments once a month. With all of the efforts you've been putting in lately I feel confident that you'll see some great changes that way, and it won't stress you out as much as that scale will!

Good luck friend!

Trisha

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TENNISJIM 12/17/2010 7:05AM

    I was like you and then I stopped weighing myself that often. I weight myself based on how my clothes fit me. If it's getting tight or snug, then I believe I gained some weight and weigh myself.

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REALLYHOPIN 12/17/2010 6:42AM

    sounds sooooo familiar... it's like a scale addiction and it definitely is not good for the mental/emotional state... the numbers on the scale are so undependable that I've gone completely in the opposite direction and hardly ever weigh in anymore... mind you, I haven't been very good about eating healthy in quite some time and the exercise has only become regular since I put it on my goal list a little over a week ago, so the numbers on the scale for me can be truly disturbing EVERY time...

anyway... I always find that when I start exercising regularly the scale always nudges upward. It's something about muscle being more dense than fat and also the fact that working muscles fill up with more water which is ridiculously more heavy than when they are just limp.... then there are the usual culprits such as having higher sodium in the diet which makes you retain more water... and then there's the hormone factor which wildly sways my numbers regularly... and then there's the cycle of the moon and what way the wind is blowing and how many stars you can see in the sky and whether or not there's a leprechaun standing at the end of the rainbow or not... lol

bottom line:

I always figure that as long as I am eating healthy and exercising regularly, I'm not going the wrong way... regardless of what the number on the scale indicates...

Be good to yourself...

Barbara

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DUTCHPETE641 12/17/2010 5:13AM

    Don't focus to much on what the scales tell you! Get the tapemeasure out instead, more trust worthy than scales.
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HSHEAJ5 12/17/2010 1:00AM

    That's what weight does! You're going to fluctuate... sodium intake, fiber intake, the body's hormones. As long as your weight is trending down over time, you have no need to worry about the day to day changes. Weigh yourself every morning if you want to, but don't stress unless you are consistently going up!

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KATYBUG48 12/17/2010 12:46AM

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Day 10 - Bert's first real attempt at sabotage!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Have just had a friend move in for about a month - they are between houses - and so tidied the house and put things right.

Walked out this morning and felt pretty good about how tidy things were - everything in its place - hadn't vacuumed but for me - it was pretty decent.

Decided to watch a sitcom instead of listen to music for my morning treadmill but about half way through my minutes got bored and started watching the clock...

BERT: "well you cleaned and tidied yesterday... and you did that major walk the day before - you've done 15 minutes.... lets get off and go and have breakfast"

ME: "Shuttup - I have to keep up the cardio - I've committed to it"

BERT: "Hmmm - geez I'm bored - see every single second on that counter - will this never end - that minute just took like an HOUR I am sure... just do 15 more tomorrow.."

ME: "Hmm - maybe I could - I am getting a bit restless"

BERT: "Cool - thats the spirit - lets finish up"

ME: "But I hate that -then I'll demotivated all day - and tomorrow will be harder - and then... HANG ON - what about some high speed vacumming (is this a new sport?) - like real vacuuming where you move every chair table rug - and then the place is clean AND I got my work out in"

BERT: "Thats not quite what I had ... errr .... the ... ummm ..."

ME:" Rights - lets do it.."

BERT: "Well what if we do that later umm if ... CRAP!"

ME: Shuttup - move your butt, come on!"

30 minutes later a very clean house, a very sweaty David and very miffed Bert.

Boredom can be my biggest enemy - gotta watch out for it.

....those windows sure could do with a clean....

Have a great spark day:)

  
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REALLYHOPIN 12/17/2010 6:54AM

    David is so much stronger than Bert...

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JHADZHIA 12/16/2010 9:11AM

    Well done! I always find power cleaning a great way to offset boredom and get a good workout in as well as the satisfaction of having a clean place I can be proud of! Pretty good for a bachelor!!
Keep up the great work!!

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“Here’s the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you’re alive, it isn’t"

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

There are days when I sit down and wonder why it is I am here - whats the purpose really? I'm approaching 50, overweight and starting to feel as though I am losing options and possibilities which I could have achieved if I were younger and fitter.

Why spend time thinking about lost opportunities and dreams - they're not lost - you just haven't realised them yet..

ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.

In one of my more depressed and low states I remember a friend asking me if I would like the chance to swap my life for someone elses - the thought did appeal. Imagine being able to erase all that bad food, bad decisions and get on the path to health, wealth and fulfilling relationships when I was growing up.

There was only one catch to this option - I had to imagine every person in the world being represented by a playing card and I could pick one to start my new life.

Suddenly the option seemed not so attractive and I started to consider how many billions of prople live in poverty, and squalor , disease, unfit drinking water, begging for food....

At least 80% of the world's population live on less than $10 a day. 25% of the world population do not have electricity, 36 million people each year die from starvation and malnutrition.

Just by being able to join Sparkpeople means I am one of the lucky few in the world that has access to electricity AND the internet.

So would I swap my life for someone elses - never.

I have been given amazing gifts and allowed to live a life that most people on earth can only dream of - I have to remember to never take these gifts for granted and live each day like its my last.

We are all very very VERY lucky people - enjoy your Sparkday!

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REALLYHOPIN 12/17/2010 6:52AM

    good points....

but... if you want to change your life... you just have to change your mind :)

it's a simple little statement... but it is a pretty big undertaking... and most of us here on Spark are embarking on it...

just changing your attitudes about things in life and giving Bert a punch in the nose now and then when he starts harping on all that negative stuff is enough to make your life better....

but I'm just telling you stuff you already know...

Be good to yourself...

Barbara

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JEAN111766 12/15/2010 4:10PM

    Well said.

I would add one more thing... I have a strong faith, so I thank my higher power on a daily, sometimes minute basis for blessing me with the life I have... and try never to take anything for granted because our time here on this earth is actually just a brief moment in eternity.

I like the playing card visualization!!!

Stay focused and make that daily committment to stay on track and before you know it... you will be finding a whole new "you"
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DUTCHPETE641 12/15/2010 6:33AM

    If you put it like that, life is not treating us that bad.
Hope you have a great weekend mate!

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NEVERMIND2010 12/15/2010 1:05AM

    Very good points.

Sometimes it takes getting away from what is familiar to really understand that. I want my son to realize how very, very lucky he is to have been born where, when and in what circumstances he was.

It took me a long time to figure it out.

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JHADZHIA 12/14/2010 11:59PM

    Yes, there is ALWAYS someone who has it worse. I may have had 20 major surgeries before the age of 40, but I am sure there is someone here on Sparks who has more LOL. I am satisfied with my life as it is now and will be more so after the elbow replacement :)
Here is to making the most of what you are given!!

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SPARKINGINMASS 12/14/2010 11:44PM

    Thanks for sharing that - there have been times that I wished I could be someone else because everything seems to be so difficult. Reading your blog made me realize that even though things are tough right now that there are people who have it worse.

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